We all have been alarmed by recent provocative actions of Fanatic Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia. Some have already described it as a soft “coup d’etet”. But most has not been convinced that this has gone far to the extent of an “all-out war declaration”. It seems that with more material becoming available we are increasing confronted with the hard reality that indeed that is the case. Watch the materials below and tell me if we can take it otherwise.
Materials below are new additions and be sure that you listen both to the end:
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|The above audio’s are extracts from a CD that was in public circulation for some time now. I have no idea during which conference the lecture was delivered, nor the name of the hate mongerer. However, the material is alarming for all Ethiopians who believe in equality (religious or otherwise), co-existence and tolerance. More than the content of the speech which I believe has nothing substance but reveal the preacher’s frustration and hatred to Ethiopians and Ethiopia, the material proves that fundamentalist Orthodox Christians are not just individuals or groups of individuals who are operating on their own but are people who are fully supported by their Church, possibly from some politicians as well, to spread their venom. This is sad in that the institution that has been complicite to the suffering of Ethiopians along the century and thereby had to take the blame for whatever miscery our country and people still undergo, could not learn from its misdeeds even in the 21 century. That is ideed very sad and alarming at the same time.|
|Priest Barihun is demonstrating the ugly face of Fanatic Orthodox Christian - a declaration for an “all out war” on Ethiopian Muslims and Islam in general, from Arada Georgis Church in the Capital, Addis Ababa, on the day of Ethiopian Epiphany, Timket, 20 January 2009.|
The recent up-surge of verbal and physical attacks on Muslims and call for open confrontation urges all peace-loving Ethiopians to revisit the circumstances that resulted in the killing of dozens of innocent Ethiopians and the loss of property in Jimma back in 2006. Can it be part of the overall plan to arrive at what we are seeing today in the streets and churches of Addis and other cities?
In the mean time, it is our obligation to praise the great majority of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians we are giving but deaf ears to the fanatics and continue with their determination not to be instruments for distruction and chaos. Fanaticism in any of its form, religious, political or otherwise, is to be faught against.